Lexus RX 450h – How Lexus Revolutionized the Luxury Utility Vehicle Category

Lexus RX 450hAfter revolutionizing the luxury SUV category with the first RX model in 1998, Lexus next revolutionized SUV propulsion with the first RX hybrid model in 2004. Projecting a bold presence with its Lexus spindle grille, the 2014 RX 450h hybrid continues the evolution of this groundbreaking vehicle, which offers an impressive 32 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined EPA fuel economy (30/28/29 MPG with AWD). Continue reading

2014 KIA SOUL

2014 Kia SoulThe iconic Soul enters the 2014 model year with an all-new take on design, driving dynamics and desirable features that totally transform one of Kia Motors America’s best-selling cars into an urban utility vehicle that is as comfortable in the city as it is on the open highway. The signature Soul design is instantly recognizable yet thoroughly fresh, with more than a passing nod to the hot Track’ster concept that was unveiled last year.  Riding on a new chassis that is stiffer, longer and wider, the all-new Soul has grown up without losing its edge, allowing for more passenger and cargo room while reducing NVH levels. A flatter torque curve and significant suspension upgrades make the 2014 Soul a nimble and agile companion in congested urban environments.  Honoring Soul owners’ fierce individualism, three unique trim levels will be available when U.S. sales are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year: Base, Plus and Exclaim. Continue reading

All-new Mazda3 to Offer Next-generation Car Connectivity System ‘Mazda Connect’

Mazda3

Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that the all-new Mazda3 (Axela in Japan) will feature a next-generation car connectivity system, Mazda Connect, when it goes on sale this autumn. The new system will increase the scope of driving pleasure and engender a deeper relationship between car and driver. To enable the driver to enjoy the wide range of content on offer while keeping their attention focused on the road ahead, Mazda has developed a brand new Human Machine Interface (HMI), based on its unique Heads-Up Cockpit concept. As the amount of information presented to drivers behind the wheel increases, the new HMI creates an environment in which the driver is consistently looking at the road ahead and can concentrate on the safe operation of the vehicle. Continue reading